ISBN-10:
087805572X
ISBN-13:
9780878055722
Pub. Date:
08/01/1992
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World / Edition 1

Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World / Edition 1

by Feroza Jussawalla, Reed Way Dasenbrock

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This book of interviews conducted by Jussawalla and Dasenbrock is the first to feature third-world authors discussing their works and their careers. These are joined by three Chicano writers from the U.S. All fourteen included here write in English, a language they have chosen for their creative expression, and all write their novels at a time when codes of the colonial past are targets of revisionism. In this fascinating collection of fourteen interviews (eleven previously unpublished) the interviewers speak with leading writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and the Caribbean islands, as well as with three Chicano writers. Largely considered non-canonical, they address questions about the effects of colonialism, their place in English-language literature, the politics of language in non-Western societies, and the value of their work in helping those with Western perspectives to understand their cultures. Noted writers from Africa-Ngugi wa Thiong'o from Kenya and Chinua Achebe from Nigeria--engage in the most important discussion in African literature today, whether or not to write in English. Nigeria's leading feminist writer, Buchi Emecheta discusses the role of women in a primarily male literary environment. South Asian writers are represented by two well-known Indian writers, Raja Rao and Anita Desai, and by two noted Pakistani writers, Zulfikar Ghose and Bapsi Sidhwa. Sharing a common colonial history, these writers generally display less desire to differentiate their work from the Western tradition. The collection also includes an interview with the Somali writer Nuruddin Farah, who is culturally as well as geographically somewhere between the Easternand Western cultures. Also included are four interviews with minority writers from countries where English is the dominant language, the Maori writer Witi Ihimaera from New Zealand and the three Chicano Americans, Rudolfo Anaya, Rolando Hinojosa, and Sandra Cisneros, whose situa

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878055722
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 08/01/1992
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.00(d)

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